Monday, December 3, 2018

Dr/ Amador's papers, 2019

Dr. Amador will be attending the following Conferences:

1.   Her paper, “Exploration of the Self: Angelina Beloff and Frida Kahlo” was accepted at the XXIII Congreso Internacional de Literatura y Estudios Hispánicos (Santiago, Chile, March 6-8, 2019). 

2. Her paper “The Body as a Marker: Cristina Garcia and Judith Ortiz Cofer” has been accepted by the Feministas Unidas panel at Northeast Modern Languages Association in 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Survey of Hispanic Lit./Dr. Aponte's Class. La vida en sueño by Calderón de la Barca

Last Thursday, Dr. Aponte-Olivieri "Survey of the Literature of Spain" class dramatized a number of selected scenes from Calderón de la Barca's play "La vida es sueño". Our students fully embraced the joys and challenges of interpreting -- critically and dramatically-- this Baroque text in all of its richness and complexity. See the class in action with this set of pictures from the dramatization.

The cast is as follows: 

      Escena 2            Segismundo: Josué Muñoz-Lara
                                   Rosaura: Nuvia Velasquez
                                  Clarín: Priscilla Smith
     Escena 5             Astolfo: Arianna Thomas
                                  Estrella: Zullimar Adamés
     Escena 14           Astolfo: Salma Aguilar
                                  Rosaura: Justin Bergson
      Escena 19          Segismundo: Iván Sakkal
      Escena 2           Soldado 1: Priscilla Smith
                                  Clarín: Mariana Steinbuch
                                  Soldado 2: Josué Muñoz-Lara
                                  Todos: Justin Bergson
       Escena 3           Soldado 1: Justin Bergson
                                  Segismundo: Matthew Petrouskie
                                  Clarín: Iván Sakkal
                                  Soldado 2: Salma Aguilar
                                  Voces: Nuvia Velasquez
                                  Todos: Estefanía Martínez

Friday, June 22, 2018

French Program- Daniela Volaric

Dear Daniella

Welcome back and congratulations in the acceptance to medical school!

Daniella, I am proud and happy to know that your staying in France has been a life changing experience. I had no doubt that you had made the right decision when you finally accepted the opportunity to teach in Tergnier.

Now, you will soon start a new journey in medical school in Poland and I am convinced that you will succeed!

Please let me know if I can share your story in FB, newsletter and in our blog!

In the meantime, I want you to know that I will be in next Wednesday, I hope you can stop by the office!


Raysa Amador
Sent from my iPhone

On Jun 20, 2018, at 3:01 PM, DANIELLA VOLARIC <> wrote:


    I'm back in the states, and I just wanted to give you all a few life updates. Firstly, I want to thank you all again for your encouragement and support when it came to my participating in TAPIF. It was difficult at times, as expected, but it was an overall incredible experience, and you have no idea how glad and relieved I am to have made the right choice in going. My students were all unbelievably sweet, and although it was very sad to leave them, I came home with piles of drawings, handmade bracelets, cards, and French pokemon cards! 

Apparently, (as my parents feared) I loved my time there enough that I couldn't stay away from Europe for long. This fall, I will begin medical school in Poland at Poznan University of Medical Sciences. The program is in English and I will earn a US medical degree, but it looks as though I'd better start quickly learning some key Polish phrases (although I already love pierogis, so at least I'll be assimilating into the food aspect of their culture without too much trouble). To be honest, I'm even more nervous about this next chapter than I was about TAPIF. Four years is a long time, and this is a language and culture that are almost entirely unfamiliar to me. But once again, also less directly this time, I have all of you to thank for this experience. I would never have even considered this as an option if I hadn't spent the past year in Tergnier. I repeatedly surprised myself by doing things that I, a person who has never really enjoyed or been comfortable with change, was afraid to do- traveling by myself, exploring new cities, making friends, and seeing new cultures with very little help and guidance. I think back to how afraid I was before each new step, and to how proud of myself I was for each new thing I accomplished- how proud of myself I was for continuing to travel and experience new things despite how nervous the prospect made me beforehand. Now, although I am back in the "fear" stage- and believe you me, there is plenty of fear to go around- I  can comfort myself with the knowledge that the pride phase is coming. Although I don't know when, and although it will be very difficult in the meantime, I know that I have that feeling to look forward to. I also have a new support system of friends in France and Germany (thanks to TAPIF) who will make it a little bit easier as well. So again, I thank you for encouraging me to make what has undoubtedly been the best decision of my life this far, which has opened doors for me that two years ago, I never would have thought myself capable of. 

I'm sorry that I've written you a short novel here, but it's really important to me that you all know how much I appreciate your support. I hope all is well at Adelphi and with you all. Thank you again.

Best wishes,
Daniella Volaric

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Dr. Priya Wadhera's Success story!/ French Program

As though last summer and fall were not busy enough - with three conference papers and the publication of a peer-reviewed article, the acceptance of a second peer-reviewed article, and the submission of a third - Dr. Wadhera has had a very busy spring semester!
In January, she attended the Modern Language Association annual convention in New York City in her capacity as Forum Delegate for the Division on Twentieth- and Twenty-first Century French Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  In April, she chaired a panel and delivered a paper at Brown University at the annual 20th- and 21st-century French and Francophone Studies Colloquium in which she also played an organizational role.  She is honored to have been asked to serve on the comité scientifique for next year’s conference, in which capacity she would work with a small team to select abstracts and organize panels for the colloquium which routinely draws 400 scholars from throughout the French and Francophone world. 
In addition to reworking the Brown conference paper for submission to a peer-reviewed journal, the summer will also be busy as she writes papers for two upcoming conferences.  Next fall, she will address the question of the olfactory in Proust at “Common Scents:  Smells and Social Life in European Literature (1880-1939)” at the Institute of Modern Languages Research at the University of London in England.  And in early January 2019, she will give a paper called “Albertine, Death, and Desire in Proust’s Tablescapes” as part of the panel “Albertine at 100” at the Modern Language Association annual convention in Chicago.  Both of these papers are based on research undertaken this past year for her second book, a study of how Proust's madeleine episode has been rewritten in post-war French literature.  

She is very grateful for the sabbatical leave she was granted to pursue her research so intensely and looks forward to returning to campus, especially to the classroom, this fall.

Monday, April 30, 2018

French, Italian and Spanish Honor Society Ceremony Spring 2018

 Pi Delta Phi, French Honor Society

Conducted by        Dr. Nicole Rudolph, Advisor                      

Inductees              Catherine Olsen
                              Arianna Thomas
Marie Louise Vazquez Scholarship – French
                           Catherine Olsen
Paul Langellier Award in French        
Zouheir Bekdache
Lucienne Petit Prize for Excellence in French

Zouheir Bekdache
Blasie LoGiudice Memorial Scholarship: Giovanna Stanco with Prof. Hoelzi
 Ted & Erika Spyropoulos Foundation Scholarship for Modern Greek Language and Culture Studies

Conducted by        Professor Athanasia Biska
                                    Joseline Guaman  
Katya Garashchenko
The Kokolis Scholarhip
Elle Lastihenos

 Melvin and Marian Prottas Foreign Language Writing Award

Conducted by                 Dr. Nicole Rudolph, Dr. Sara Aponte-Olivieri with Dr. David Prottas

1st place
2nd place
3rd place

Miranda Balash
Amanda Opromolla
Cristina Panagi
Une histoire court: mon café franVais
C’est  la vie
1st place
2nd place

3rd place

Amanda Opromolla
Ninfa Vicari


L’estate en Italia
Una pagina dal diario di un ex nazista che si  ennamoròdi una ebrea italiana
Untitled (translation)
1st place              
2nd place
3rd place  

Matthew Petrouskie
Justin Bergson
Remy Wang

La aventura intemporal 
Guía de Nueva York con referencias a España
Volver a vivir

Arianna Thomas

Translation of Aeschylus' Agamemnom (1816) "The More Faithful, The More Divergent"

 Robert Hartmann Scholarship for Excellence in Spanish

Arianna Thomas with Mr. Robert Hartmann

 Gamma Kappa Alpha, Italian Honor Society
Conducted by        Dr. Jonathan Hiller, Advisor
Inductees  Giovanna Stanco

                        Amanda Bruchhauser

Ninfa Vicari

Smalley Family Endowment for Italian Language Studies
                                    Ryan Deisler

 Sigma Delta Pi, Spanish Honor Society
Conducted by            Dr. Raysa Amador, Advisor
                                    Dr. Nicholas Carbo
                                    Dr. Ana Simón-Alegre

Justin Bergson               Joy Douglas
Lauren Donahue             Mariana Steinbuch
Kristina Goncalves         Arianna Thomas
Seth Noboa                    Alisha Varughese
Ivan Sakkal                    Matthew Petrouskie
                                    Moriah Rastegar
         Dr. Sara Aponte-Olivieri